The band Blessed holds an album-release show on Friday at the Abbotsford Rugby Club.  Photo by Vanessa Marie Studios

The band Blessed holds an album-release show on Friday at the Abbotsford Rugby Club. Photo by Vanessa Marie Studios

Abbotsford band Blessed to release debut full-length album

‘Salt’ debuts at show on Friday, April 5 at rugby club

The anarchic post-punk band Blessed holds an album release show this Friday, April 5 at the Abbotsford Rugby Club clubhouse (31929 Mercantile Way).

The group was formed in Abbotsford, has self-released two EPs, has played more than 200 dates, and is set to release its debut full-length album Salt on Friday.

The show, which starts at 7 p.m., also includes Kristin Witko, Sylvia Platters, Warm Amps and Teen Daze. Admission at the door is $10.

The event is presented in partnership with CIVL Radio and the Abbotsford Arts Council.

Salt was recorded and mixed over three weeks in Montreal with producer Jace Lasek (Suuns, Wolf Parade, Land of Talk), and finds this already expansive group pushing the boundaries of their sound.

Having incorporated a fifth member on guitar/keys, Blessed explores the nuances only touched on in previous releases, with songs that range from short, staccato, punk-tinged flares to lengthy escapades.

The band has shared the first single “Disease” via Paste magazine.

Paste highlights the blend of post punk with new-wave textures on the track, which captures the band in a moment of doom-laden theatricality, as ominous synth leads flow into layered guitars to deliver a sound somewhere between the spiny sharp edges of Josef K and the dour synth pop of Depeche Mode.

LISTEN TO BLESSED’S NEW SINGLE, “DISEASE”: